The Anglers Are Back at Cedros!

by Tom Gatch

July 16, 2023

After a banner year in 2022, Cedros Outdoor Adventures has just launched into its 2023 fishing season in grand style.

Even after the first few weeks, it is looking like this El Niño year may have some surprises in store as the months progress and a greater number of exotic species from more southerly waters make their way north. This year, Cedros Outdoor Adventures has continued our tradition of regularly adding additional amenities that will help enhance the experience of all of our guests.

For the 2023 season, we have introduced a new, expedited transportation service at CBX prior to embarking on your flight to Cedros Island. Our guests now simply hop on a comfortable shuttle van right at the CBX/Tijuana Airport Terminal. They are then whisked away directly to their private flight without any more walking or leg work on their part.

Down on the Island at our ‘Magic Lodge’, we have also expanded our panga fleet with another boat in addition to upgrading our Wi-Fi system to help assure that guests will enjoy reliable Internet coverage in all rooms.

Our very first guests during the first week of the new season were Peter and his son, Kainoa, who were picked up at Punta Eugenia, which is on the western tip of the Vizcaino Peninsula and were transported back to nearby Cedros Island. During their cruise to the Island, they were able to take advantage of some productive trolling before even setting foot on shore. Afterward, the father and son duo enjoyed 4 full days of enjoying what Cedros Island is all about …World Class fishing!

Randy Salbino, and his buddy, Brant Garcia, out of southern California paid their first trip to Cedros this year and were amazed at the fishing that they encountered. They caught and released a bevy of fat calico bass, the largest of which tipped the scales at between 8 and 9 pounds. They also got limits of big, feisty yellowtail, most of which inhaled blue/chrome and blue/white iron jigs that fluttered toward the bottom.

Nick Ekdahl, who survived a battle with brain cancer over 5 years ago, made his annual trek back to the Island to celebrate his victory. This year, he was accompanied by Kristofer Ekdahl, John Caffery, Mike Caffrey, and Conor Caffrey. During their visit, the crew focused their attention on yellowtail and were not disappointed. They enjoyed epic catches of fish up to 35 pounds or more.

Rounding out activities over the past few weeks, Cedros veteran, Bob Bridges, has made a practice of coming to Isla Cedros over 5 times in the past several years. This time, he brought over a group of friends and clients that included Troy Souza, Mike Haslett, Brian Hajjar, Scott Morgan, James Roberts, and Josh Manjanovich.

The boys did well again this year with catches that included occasional limits of yellowtail in the 25 to 35-pound class, lots of catch-and-release calico bass up to 8-pounds, a big 25-pound halibut, and a fat, chunky white seabass that tipped the scales at 25 pounds.

Bridges also said that he also caught a couple of big California sheephead, one of which weighed 12 pounds, on a Katy Perry flat fall jig. He said that the big ‘goat’ was properly dressed out, and then turned over to the highly adept ladies in the kitchen back at the lodge, who Bridges said, “Put together some of the finest ceviche that I have ever eaten.”

He concluded his report by saying that he would be bringing another group back to Cedros next year, however, he added that he just might come back on his own in a few months after the dorado show up.

This brings us to the point that we still have space for a few prime dates in August, which is something to consider if you are interested in joining us during one of the most productive months on our calendar.